Cruise line CEO apologizes after Viking Sky’s engines fail in rough seas

Hundreds of passengers aboard the ship had to be airlifted one at a time after the ship left Norway for a 12-day Northern Lights cruise and encountered dangerous weather.

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40 thoughts on “Cruise line CEO apologizes after Viking Sky’s engines fail in rough seas

  1. The funny thing here is some of those helicopters involved in the rescue had to go rescue another ship that also suffered engine failure. Why the Engineers fail to do their checks is beyond me. I guess these companies are more interested in saving $$$ instead of worrying about quality.

  2. People, this is quite normal weather in the northern North Sea. The question is not why the decision was taken to sail but how it is possible on a diesel electric vessel with a very high grade of redundancy that three out of the four power generating engines shut down due to having not enough oil in the sump tanks. Especially when the fourth engine is out of service due to maintenance of the turbo charger. To me it seems that keeping the oil volume in the sump that low is a commercial decision. Any engineer knows that a low volume of oil is not smart technically and that sloshing will occur. Sloshing at a low oil volume will very easily cause a loss of oil pressure in the engines due to a loss of suction of the lubricating pumps. Unfortunately we see more and more of these decisions in the shipping industry. Captains, Chief engineers and officers are overruled by managers and even class bureaus can't be taken seriously anymore.

  3. The oil reservoirs for the four engines were as low as 28% of capacity (no doubt to save weight an thus cost). As the oil sloshed in reservoirs, the outlets were uncovered the oil pressures dropped and the engines automatically shutdown sequentially each for the same reason. Engineers transferred oil from one engine’s reservoir and a replenishment reservoir and divided to the other three engines which resulted in the eventual restart of three engines. The Viking Sky came within a ship’s length of the rocks and passed within meters of submerged shoals.

  4. The major question should be this: What on god's green earth promted the captain to pass hustadvika in bad weather?
    Rule #1 at sea: NEVER pass over Hustadvika in bad Weather.
    Rule#2 If you MUST be stupid and pass Hustadvika in bad weather for god's sake hold on to your beer.

  5. They wanted that money at any cost. Cruise line money to them is more important then passengers lives. They wait until it breaks to do something about it. Sorry isn’t good enough CEO. These people make it possible for you to have a cruise ship in the first place. Safety should have been cruise lines first concern and not the money.

  6. Americans love to over dramatize things.. Make things appear so dramatic and life threatening, when they weren't at all. You lot survived? Well there ya go. Stop ya bitching. All of you will end up going on another one, so stop complaining.. 🙄🙄🙄

  7. Not everyone was panicking and losing their mind. I'm sure many found it to be an interesting experience. Knowledgeable people would have know the chance of dying was pretty slim. Then again, I'm an adrenaline junkie. Glad everyone is ok though

  8. People think like the Captain can choose not to sail the ship.
    Technically, correct.
    But it's not easy. The people from Viking higher up most likely put pressure on captains to keep everything on time and scheduled, to avoid fees like rebooking excursions at ports and port fees, all of which would be costly at this scale.

  9. All these people saying the captain shouldn't have taken off. Weather moves fast and changes fast sure there was a slight risk but it's either that or hundreds of pissed of passengers waiting to take off. Shit happens people, it's nobody's fault.

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